Slackery News Tidbits of the Undead

Emily Hagins and her wonderfully helpful Mom, Megan Hagins by Ian on FlickrIt's not a big week for Austin film news -- most of the movie news this week is coming out of Comic-Con in San Diego. Mike Judge will be there, showing clips from his upcoming movie Extract, and Robert Rodriguez will show footage from his family-friendly film Shorts, which has an Austin premiere in August. In addition, the documentary Zombie Girl, about how horror filmmaker Emily Hagins shot her first feature at age 12, will screen at Comic-Con, with Emily and her mom Megan (shown at right) in attendance.

But I do have a few tidbits to share:

  • Alamo Drafthouse has a new blog to track progress on The Highball, the new games/entertainment spot they're planning to open in time for Fantastic Fest this year. One of the bloggers is Afsheen, who gave us such wonderful photos and stories about the renovation and reopening of Alamo Ritz.
  • Austin Movie Blog sifted through Filmmaker Magazine's list of "25 New Faces of Independent Film" and found a local connection: animator Geoff Marslett.
  • If you didn't read Marc Savlov's article on Austin microcinema in last week's Austin Chronicle, you may be missing info about some of the best "small" film series/fests in town.
  • FilmJournal International gets the latest scoop from Alamo Drafthouse CEO John Martin (the corporate franchise Alamo, not the League-owned theaters) about plans to expand outside of Central Texas and into other states.
  • You now can watch expatriate Austinite Nick Robinson's short film I am Nick Robinson online. Can't wait to see what Nick comes up with this year for Fantastic Fest bumper videos.

[Photo credit: "Emily Hagins and her wonderfully helpful Mom, Megan Hagins" by Ian Aberle. Found on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.]